What’s Next?

6.16.09 (B.Kisida)

6.16.09 (B.Kisida)

With the wild-goose chase Phish’s created around their musical costume for Halloween, and the buzz around Sunday’s acoustic set, we continue to forget that the heart of Indio’s throwdown will be six sets of full-on, festival-sized Phish. We left the band at a point of massive creativity, evolving through the second leg of summer tour. The most significant mystery of the upcoming Holiday weekend may not, in fact, be what album the band chooses to cover for Halloween, but what direction the other six sets will take – where will Phish’s music move next?

6.16.09 (B. Kisida)

6.16.09 (B. Kisida)

After a concise and straight-forward June, Phish opened up their music significantly during their second leg of summer. Over the course of August, Phish rediscovered themselves and their improvisational chops, crafting music that evoked memories of their finest days. Their creativity returned, taking their jams in many more directions than June’s predominately structured improv. The excitement returned; no one knew what would happen next, bringing the unknown back into play. Using organic jamming, Phish found themselves arriving at stunning musical planes, instead of forcing themselves into mediocrity – in short – their flow returned. The Red Rocks and The Gorge jams sound just as fresh as they did two months ago – music with staying power – the hallmark of quality. The east coast jams still shine as well, though with less of a majesty. But don’t tell that to Darien’s “Drowned,” Merriweather’s “46 Days,” or the “Number Lines” from SPAC and Chicago – you might have a fight on your hands. But what’s next? Where are we headed now?

The Gorge (G.Lucas)

The Gorge (G.Lucas)

While Phish jams came to life this summer, no distinct musical direction developed – it was still too early. But as we move into Indio, and then Fall Tour, the band’s comfort level will only increase and we are sure to see new sonic elements and directions emerge. Looking for clues in the band’s new material, both “Number Line” and “Light” have proven to be legitimate springboards for diverse jamming. With “Number Line” taking the torch from “Disease” as 3.0’s feel-good anthem that can go anywhere, some of the most exploratory jams of the fall will ironically stem from the “Joy’s” first radio single. Played much less frequently this summer, the versions of “Light” at Bonnaroo and, especially, The Gorge illustrated the song’s propensity for open-ended, original destinations. Boasting one of the moments of the summer with its calypso jam at The Gorge, we have only begun to see where “Light” will take us.

The Gorge (W.Rogell)

The Gorge (W.Rogell)

And now that it is Fall, it’s time to open up “Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan.” Whether it happens at Indio or, more likely, indoors, this song will blow up. Its searing blues-rock psychedelia has been begging to be stretched since its debut at Jones Beach. The fact that Phish has left this one alone for so long makes me think its jam will explode somewhere along the course of Fall Tour – time will tell. While “Ocelot” has been a source of structured improv, it could easily break its mold into playful funk with uncharted courses at any time. I continue to await the 20-minute “Ocelot” second-set opener. The “Kill Devil Falls” jam has proven worthy – entering both upbeat and abstract realms at Bonnaroo and Red Rocks, a pattern that will likely continue. The other song off Joy that could meander into ambient spaces is “Twenty Years Later.” Played only once on each leg of summer, its future still remains hazy. With a few unknowns on Party Time, as well as the funk-laden title track, we could be in for some treats.

Merriweather (K.Pusey)

Merriweather (K.Pusey)

Another potential source of a musical influence is the album they have chosen to cover. We all know how Remain In Light influenced the band, and their current choice could have a style that is genuinely new to Phish. Such costumes include Hitler’s nightmare, MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular, Radiohead’s Kid A, or The Clash’s London Calling. But assuming Phish sticks to the classic rock genre, which most believe they will, it’s doubtful that they will pave their path of 2010 during their Halloween set. More illustrative of their potential direction will be the other six sets that contain far more unknowns than any other part of the weekend.

My gut tells me the band will progress to some form of patient, layered jamming with an undertone of groove; moving with a purpose through music we’ve never heard. With their skills and experience, if the band stays happy and healthy, I see no reason why this era won’t develop into one of the most engaging in the band’s history. If August was any indication, we are well on our way, as the band combined a mid-’90s determination with an evolved skill set, resulting in sublime jams. And we were just getting started. With Indio fast approaching, and Fall piggy-backing off Festival 8, we are about to enter a serious age of musical discovery and development. Hop on for the ride!

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

The Curtain > Stash” 6.17.95 I

The punctuating statement on the first set in Gainesville, VA, and, in my opinion, the highlight of the entire show.




6.13.95 Riverport Amp, Maryland Heights, MO < Torrent

6.13.95 Riverport Amp, Maryland Heights, MO < Megaupload

1995-06-13gnA stop along Phish’s space camp of Summer ’95, this show in St. Louis boasted a second set that centered on the colossal “Bowie” opener. “Hood,” “Reba,” and “Stash” also standout in this lesser-known Summer ’95 gem.

I: Runaway Jim, Foam, Bouncing Around the Room, Stash, Strange Design, Taste, Reba, Hold Your Head Up > Terrapin > Hold Your Head Up, Sparkle, Chalk Dust Torture

II: David Bowie, The Lizards, Axilla (Part II) > Theme From the Bottom, Acoustic Army, Harry Hood, Golgi Apparatus

E: Sweet Adeline, Julius

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336 Responses to “What’s Next?”

  1. Lycanthropist Says:

    good luck to all of our lottery contestants!

    unfortunately i can’t make any Fall shows… too far away

  2. Bapslap Says:

    Why is Oswego always overlooked? It had outstanding playing, great guest spots, killer setlists, great weather (maybe a bit hot)…

    It felt like a festival when I was there. How was it not?

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yo Miner, having been at the last show Phish played in Charlottesville, can I make a download of the day request for the Charlottesville show from 10/17/1994? Heck, if you want to do a post on it it’s a worthy show:

    Set 1: Wilson, Sparkle, Maze, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent -> The Vibration of Life -> Fly Famous Mockingbird, The Divided Sky, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Poor Heart, Cavern

    Set 2: Julius, Ya Mar, Tweezer, Contact, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Down with Disease, Sweet Adeline

    Encore: Slave to the Traffic Light -> Icculus, Tweezer Reprise

    Yes, that is a looooong, awesome encore. You may already be planning something for C’Ville, but I figured I’d get the request in there…

    And I’m jealous of those who get to C’Ville for the tour closer this year. Great town.

  4. Mitch Says:

    Type III,
    I’d guess its the 4 for Portland and not 2 for each. I dont see them breaking up amounts. They either fill your show or they dont.

  5. halcyon Says:

    anyone with a link from Jam On part 2???

  6. halcyon Says:

    from festivalography?

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Mitch, that’s what I expect/hope for as well…

  8. voopa Says:

    Gorge stands always felt like a fest to me, even though they’re “only” four sets…

    @ Dbone, I see what you’re saying; plus add to mix the fact that they’ve never started/standaloned(?) with a Halloween show before, should be interesting.

    I’m curious as to other’s F8 ticket numbers, in some sort of attempt to estimate how many have been sold, I guess…I ordered right at 10AM day of sale, and my ticket says “X 131 GA 131 1 17” on the front, “R03821” on the back. Car camping pass is “X 105…” and “R00922″…so what’re yours?

  9. voopa Says:

    This Chevy Malibu commercial has a guitar line like Waves. Weird…

    Anyone catch “Pot City USA” on A&E last night? A documentary about Arcata produced by the Intervention crew…interesting stuff, although with a predictably anti tone. They say one out of every 7 homes there is a grow house now. It’s having a unique effect on the local economy, to say the least.

  10. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @bapslap – oswego weather was more than a tad hot. It was like the ninth circle of hell. It was hot, there was no shade, and it was humid. I am surprised that I didn’t hear stories of heat stroke and dehydration at that show. Also learned a valuable lesson at that show: don’t eat 1/4 of shrooms when it is as hot as the ninth circle of hell. Just a little life tip for all of you out there.

  11. fat bastard Says:

    listened to the ’97 germany show again last night. (miner put it on here a few weeks ago) if you havent listened to it yet check it out. it sounds so fresh, divided sky, harry hood are real sublime and relaxed, and yet focused. it is perfection.

  12. randomreader Says:

    i’m late to the discussion… but my CC has a hold for 1 ticket at MSG. and distance not a factor – i live in NYC. ordered one for each night, not sure what i got obviously but… couldn’t be happier. my first Phish show was 12.28.98 at MSG, first night of the NYE run (and Miner’s personal fav if i remember correctly) so it’s coming full circle for me.

    my fondest memory of that show – besides having my mind blown out the back of my skull [what a SHOW!] – was the 2 half-naked girls making out (and then some…) in the aisle directly underneath my section somewhere during carini>wolfman’s. i was 16 at the time. what an introduction to the phish.

  13. HarryHood Says:

    I put in for Syracuse, 2 Albany, 3 MSG. I checked my credit card account online last night and I noticed that my available credit had dropped by just over $200. I didn’t have any “pending” transactions, but I don’t use the card for anything else, so I’m assuming that I got 4 tickets (2 shows).

  14. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @random – nice story. I got turned onto the whole scene in a similar way. I was at my first dead show back in 1991, just 16 too. Wandering around the lot, I came upon a gorgeous woman, completely naked dancing around to a drum circle. Man, I said to myself, this is my kind of place.

    12-28-98 was a great show. We were right up off the floor, just a bit on Page’s side. For the 30th we were up close and brought in a big Icculus banner that we had made, it had a picture of Icculus coming out of the mountain and it said “Read the Book and Save Your Life” Didn’t get the Icculus that night, but we were close enough that they had to have seen the sign.

  15. HarryHood Says:

    @ randomreader

    What a great memory! Although I would never have thought to throw in a little Carini>Wolfman’s mix to get a woman primed 🙂

  16. Kenny Powers Says:

    so how does one know if a credit card hold is actually for phish tix and not something else? when i check my activity online i see there are some “pending charges” that they do not specify…so it could be for tix or it could be one of the other transactions i’ve used my card for over the past couple days.

    i’m honestly trying not to think about it until i get the official email, but i was curious as to how people know that these holds are truly for tickets.

  17. Marshall Says:

    The band determines what’s what: F8 means this is the eight fesitval, but I was just giving my opinion earlier.

    The band has this to say about Oswego:

    The next two days consisted of Phish’s fourth self-produced outdoor gathering in as many years. Like Clifford Ball, The Great Went and Lemonwheel before it, the event at Oswego County Airport in Volney, New York, was held at an airfield with no pre-existing venue and with side performers and other attractions. In contrast to the previous three festivals, the Oswego shows did not have a name or a staged “stunt”. It did have a public square known as The Green which, unlike previous years, was available 24 hours because it was placed in the center of the campground. There was a side stage within The Green known as Echo Lodge which featured a full lineup of distinguished guests, including Del McCoury, Son Seals, The Slip, Bob Moses, Ozomatli, and others. Those acts performed for the campers, keeping them busy throughout the time when Phish was not onstage. The July 17th show featured Bathtub Gin, and second set opener Funky Bitch sung by the song’s author, Son Seals. Son put his own spin on Phish’s version of his song, treating the audience to some gritty Chicago Blues. Set two ended with Sneaking Sally Through the Alley, Timber Ho! and You Enjoy Myself. The audience retired to discos and campsites and returned the next day to an afternoon set and two evening sets of music. Members of the Del McCoury band, who had also performed at Echo lodge, joined Phish during the first set for renditions of Phish’s Back on the Train as well as bluegrass covers and Del’s song Beauty of My Dreams. Trey noted that Del’s version was “the way it was supposed to be done.” Set two began at sunset with Runaway Jim > Free. The attempt to break the world record for largest crowd doing a dance was next, with Meatstick followed by Guyute. The set closed with Llama during which Trey played his guitar behind his head ala Jimi Hendrix. Set three began with My Soul followed by a fiery rendition of Piper that eventually became the bed of the studio version on the album Farmhouse. July 17th closed with a nod to the past with Phish’s offerings of Wilson with a jam seguing into Catapult, which then flowed into Icculus. The song about the great god of Gamehendge showcased what Trey called the longest playing of a single chord (E), which began at the end of Wilson and continuing through Catapult. After introducing the band and finishing Icculus with teases of the Rolling Stones’ song Miss You, they finished the set with Quinn The Eskimo, Fluffhead and Harry Hood encore. Fireworks framed the stage for the second time that summer as the band departed.

  18. fat bastard Says:

    kenny i had some pending charges on my cc and i thought i got tixs, turns out it was for the whore i ordered on craigslist! jk

  19. bl68300 Says:

    in my hold w/wachovia, the hold actually says phish tickets, plus if you know the exact amt your tix were, youll see that deduction…thats just w/my bank though. and as we speak it seems a have a hold on 4 of my 5 singles all for philly and msg!!! taboot!

  20. randomreader Says:

    @Kenny et al – a snippet from my account’s web page (amt. removed)

    Transaction Date Posting Date Description Amount
    Oct 19, 2009 PENDING PHISH TICKETS (xxxxxx)

  21. HarryHood Says:

    If you order a whore on Craigslist with a credit card, where does she swipe it?

  22. BTB Says:

    I have a hold on the CC for $120. Crap, that’s 2 tix = not nearly enough.

  23. Kenny Powers Says:

    oh i see, my Chase card must be different because it doesn’t actually say what a hold is for or the amount of any specific individual hold – it only shows you when the charge goes through.

    the only way i can tell if i have a hold at all is to see if there is a discrepancy between my balance and my credit limit. too annoying, i’ll just be patient, only a couple more days.

  24. beepaphone Says:

    Never won the lottery, no hold on my CC. Still a little hope.

    @ GP420
    Deer Creek 2000 were my first ever shows, and the 2003 run held up pretty well too. It’s weird having those kind of atmospheric expectations. Did my first tour leg in 2003 having high expectations for the other venues (onsite/walking distance camping, etc., but really to no avail). Having a blast like that for the first time, then not being able to see Phish for 3 years after…Like losing your virginity then having a 3 year dry spell…talkabout boiling over with angst…

  25. msbjivein Says:

    Whoever thinks Oswego wasn’t a Fest didn’t “READ THE FUCKING BOOK!”

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